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NHS Supply Chain’s management function appoints Chair


James Spittle appointed as the first independent non-executive Chair

14 September 2018

NHS Supply Chain is delighted to announce that Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL), the management function of the new NHS Supply Chain has appointed James (Jim) Spittle as its first independent non-executive Chair with effect from 17th September 2018.

Jim has enjoyed a highly successful career as a retailer for over 20 years working in retail operations, procurement and supply chain, the latter being his particular area of specialism. He has worked for leading brands, spending many years with Tesco plc, before moving to Kingfisher where he spent 8 years as Group Supply Chain Director.
Since 2001, he has held a number of executive roles and non-executive director roles, including as Chair of GS1UK, Cranfield University Advisory Board and at the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) as past President and current Vice President.

With a wealth of experience and impressive commercial supply chain pedigree, Jim said “I am delighted to be joining the Board as Chair of SCCL at a time of significant transformation and do not underestimate the forthcoming challenges and significant opportunities ahead of us in the need to drive more value throughout the Supply Chain. I look forward to working with our team and our many partners”.

Jin Sahota, Chief Executive Officer of SCCL said “We are delighted to bring Jim Spittle on board. Jim’s role as Chair will be vital in ensuring robust challenge is provided; the interests of those who benefit from the operating model are represented and providing subject matter expertise to drive the success of the new NHS Supply Chain”.

Chair of the Selection Panel, Baroness Harding of NHS Improvement, said: “With Jim’s extensive experience in supply chain management and non-executive positions I am confident that he will be an excellent Chair of the SCCL Board. We are very pleased he has accepted this important role for the new NHS Supply Chain.”



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Notes to editors

For further information on the SCCL Board please click on:

Selection panels will be held to recruit four additional non-executive directors in October.


About NHS Supply Chain

All information in this press release is correct at the time of going to press.

NHS Supply Chain supports the National Health Service and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions.

NHS Supply Chain is managed by Supply Chain Co-ordination Ltd. The management function went live on 1 April and manages the performance of the 11 category tower service providers along with the logistics and IT providers. It operates as a Limited company wholly owned by the Department of Health and Social Care.

NHS Supply Chain manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 316,000 nationally available, transactable lines ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and surgical equipment. In addition, it can help plan investments in medical capital equipment such as MRI scanners, linear accelerators and patient monitors.

Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery.

To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and Social Care and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.

NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:

  • Ward based Consumables
  • Sterile Intervention Equipment and Associated Consumables
  • Infection Control and Wound Care
  • Orthopaedics, Trauma and Spine and Ophthalmology
  • Rehabilitation, Disabled Services, Women’s Health and Associated Consumables
  • Cardiovascular, Radiology, Endoscopy, Audiology and Pain Management
  • Large Diagnostic Capital Equipment including Mobile and Services
  • Diagnostic, Pathology and Therapy Technologies and Services
  • Office Solutions
  • Catering, including food
  • Hotel services